Equites Clibinarii (Eastern Roman Empire)
Equites Clibinarii (ERE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Belongs to Eastern Roman Empire
Type Heavy Cavalry
Weapon(s) Sword
Soldiers in each unit 54
Attack skill 5
Charge bonus 5
Hitpoints 1
Armor 20
Defense skill 8
Shield bonus 4
Special abilities Effective against armour; Can form wedge

The Equites Clibinarii are the heaviest cavalry available to any Roman general. They are intended to batter enemy lines into submission.

If anything the clibinarii wear even more armour than the catafractarii, the other heavy cavalry of the later Roman army. Not only the men but also the horses wear beautifully fitted scale and mail armour that can protect against most melee attacks, and many missile weapons. This type of armoured cavalry force is a late development for the Empire, a practical response to many decades of warfare in the East against assorted Persian dynasties. Having faced such troops, Roman generals could see their worth!

Clibinarii are too slow moving to be used as anything but a massively powerful hammer against an enemy battle line. They are armed for melee, not for the charge. This is not to say they can be thrown into combat without care: any horse will die when skewered upon a spearpoint.